A Ruby DSL to create DataDog monitors.
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A DSL to create DataDog monitors

This gem is designed to provide a simple method for creating DataDog monitors in Ruby.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'dogwatch'

And then execute:

$ bundle exec dogwatch create [--dogfile=DOGFILE] [--api_key=API KEY] [--app_key=APP KEY]

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install dogwatch


DataDog API credentials are required.

Generate both an api key and an app key and either place them in a file named ~/.dogwatch/credentials or pass them via the command line.

A sample credentials file is provided in the example directory.

In order to generate these keys, log into your Datadog account. From there, click on 'Integrations->APIs'. Keep in mind, your org may be allowed only five API Keys.


DogWatch is a thin DSL over the DataDog ruby client that handles generating DataDog monitors.

The following is an example of a Dogfile:

DogWatch.monitor do
  ## Create a new monitor - monitor name is REQUIRED
  monitor 'MONITOR NAME' do
    type :metric_alert # REQUIRED: One of [:metric_alert | :service_check | :event_alert]
    query 'time_aggr(time_window):space_aggr:metric{tags} [by {key}] operator' # REQUIRED
    message 'MESSAGE'
    tags %w(A list of tags to associate with your monitor)

    options do
      silenced '*': nil
      notify_no_data false
      no_data_timeframe 3
      timeout_h 99
      renotify_interval 60
      escalation_message 'oh snap'
      include_tags true

Queries are the combination of several items including a time aggregator (over a window of time), space aggregator (avg, sum, min, or max), a set of tags and an optional order by, and an operator.

From the Datadog documentation:

time_aggr(time_window):space_aggr:metric{tags} [by {key}] operator 

An example of a query:

avg(last_15m):avg:system.disk.used{region:us-east-1,some-tag:some-tag-value,device:/dev/xvdb} by {cluster} * 100 > 55

Monitors that already exist are matched by name and updated accordingly. If the name isn't matched exactly, DogWatch assumes you want a new monitor.

A sample Dogfile is provided in the example directory.

For a full list of options and a description of each parameter, see DataDog's API documentation.


  • More descriptive errors
  • Better error handling if a monitor fails local validation